Reviews for Light and Shadow Environment

Boston Globe, May 4, 1994

"An open door to art's mysteries"

by Christine Temin


Beth Galston doesn't have anything to sell at open studios: Her installation pieces are site-specific. But commissions may well result from visitors fascinated by the magical look of her studio during the weekend's event. Galston's primary materials are light and shadow and, in the case of the large work currently in her studio, long rolls of white tracing paper and columns of metal perforated with different patterns. The lighting Galston has created causes the patterned columns to cast weird shadows: One even goes around a corner: "I like watching people in the space," Galston says of the crowd she's expecting this weekend, "especially kids, because they're so uninhibited and they'll go up and really explore."

The installation in her studio is the outgrowth of a residential project Galston is creating for an adventurous Connecticut couple who asked her to design a pathway, patio, fence and mailbox for their home. She started experimenting with the perforated metal, and the work in her studio is one result. One a nearby wall she has tacked up images of inspiration--everything from a photo of a Japanese garden to reproductions of paintings of squares by Klee and Mondrian. And there's a tiny drawing of a proposal for the Connecticut mailbox: It's perforated metal wrapped over a solid metal sheet, and because of those peekaboo holes, Galston has dubbed it "the negligee mailbox."